Truck and shovel versus in-pit conveyor systems: a comparison of the valuable operating time

Dzakpata, Isaac, Knights, Peter, Kizil, Mehmet Siddik, Nehring, Micah and Aminossadati, Saiied Mostafa (2016). Truck and shovel versus in-pit conveyor systems: a comparison of the valuable operating time. In: Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, Ali Mirza, Ismet Canbulat and John Hoelle, Proceedings of The 2016 Coal Operators' Conference. 2016 Coal Operators' Conference, Wollongong, Australia, (463-476). 10-12 Feb 2016.

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Author Dzakpata, Isaac
Knights, Peter
Kizil, Mehmet Siddik
Nehring, Micah
Aminossadati, Saiied Mostafa
Title of paper Truck and shovel versus in-pit conveyor systems: a comparison of the valuable operating time
Conference name 2016 Coal Operators' Conference
Conference location Wollongong, Australia
Conference dates 10-12 Feb 2016
Proceedings title Proceedings of The 2016 Coal Operators' Conference
Place of Publication Wollongong, Australia
Publisher The University of Wollongong Printery
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 9781741282559
Editor Naj Aziz
Bob Kininmonth
Jan Nemcik
Ali Mirza
Ismet Canbulat
John Hoelle
Start page 463
End page 476
Total pages 11
Collection year 2017
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The accumulation of methane in coal seams and surrounding geological structures as well as underground coal mines has been the major contribution to gas outbursts and mine explosions. Drainage of Coal Seam Gas (CSG) prior to mining using Surface to In-seam (SIS) and Underground In-seam (UIS) boreholes is crucial to reducing the potential risk to the safety and productivity of underground mining operations. Many researches have been carried out to identify the factors affecting the gas drainage performance such as coal properties, gas content and drainage borehole geometries. Two different flow conditions determine the gas drainage efficiency: borehole flow with injection from wall and reservoir flow in a porous medium. These two different types of flow have previously been studied separately. However simultaneous flow of gas through reservoir and borehole requires further investigation.

In this research, a three dimensional model for simulation of integrated reservoir-borehole flow is developed to study the significant effect of borehole geometry on flow characteristics of coal seams. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were carried out using finite volume based software ANSYS Fluent. Four different borehole diameters of 7.5, 10, 12.5 and 15 cm as well as three different lengths of 50, 100, and 150 m were chosen to accomplish the parametric study of borehole geometry. It is assumed that the boreholes are in a steady state condition for two different single phase scenarios of liquid flow (water) and gas flow (methane). The CFD simulations are validated with previous pressure drop models for internal single phase gas and liquid flow. The obtained results reveal that increasing the borehole diameter leads to reduction in fluid pressure throughout the coal seam. On the effect of borehole length it is seen that at a specific distance from borehole outlet, the pressure distribution is independent of the borehole length and upstream effects.
Keyword Methane
Gas outbursts
Gas drainage
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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